10 Th1 2022 | 12:10
Rafael Nadal marked his return to the ATP Tour with a title in Melbourne, after beating American Maxime Cressy 7-6 (6), 6-3 pm 9/1.
The Spaniard played his first ATP Tour tournament since August 2021, after suffering a leg injury. However, Rafael Nadal showed good form in Melbourne, the ATP 250 level tournament, when he did not lose a set in the coronation journey.
Nadal won his 89th career title and became the first male player in the Open Era (since 1986) to win at least one title in 19 consecutive seasons, surpassing Roger Federer’s 18. and Andre Agassi.
“I want to thank everyone. I feel like a lucky person to play here again. I just got back from an injury, so I couldn’t be happier. Winning the title means so much. for me,” ATP quoted Nadal.
Facing qualifying player Maxime Cressy, ranked 112 in the world, is not too difficult a challenge for Nadal. The Spaniard, despite missing 5 break opportunities in the first set, still won when entering the tie-break with a score of 8-6.
In the second set, Cressy broke first, but could not maintain the advantage. Nadal easily reclaimed, then once again broke the opponent’s game to win 6-3, and closed the final after 1 hour 42 minutes.
Cressy lost the match, but reaching the final was a success for the American tennis player. This is also the first ATP Tour final of his career. On the way to the final, Cressy overcame 2nd seed Reilly Opelka and 3rd seed Grigor Dimitrov.
After this tournament, Nadal will have about a week of rest, before entering the Australian Open, which starts on January 17.